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I agreed to foster Maxx in January of 2010 with the hope that he would be the right dog for me and I would permanently adopt him at some point. I initially had a few doubts that he would ever learn to live with my cat peacefully but I was told by everyone to just give it time. I agreed to adopt Maxx and sure enough everyone was right, Maxx and Taz became tolerant roommates and now are even what you might call buddies. Living on a busy street, I was always looking for a place to take Maxx to let him run and play with other dogs and the nearby beach and parks became our hangout spot. We both quickly grew tired of that scene, so I took Maxx into the backcountry with me on a camping trip in New Hampshire and he truly seemed to love everything about camping and hiking. We had found his true calling as my hiking partner. I learned that the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has an official list of 48 peaks in the White Mountains of New Hampshire that are over 4000 feet. I decided Maxx and I would try and complete that list. As of May 31, 2012 Maxx completed 38 of the 48 peaks and on a picture perfect May 20, 2013, Maxx stood alone on the top of Mt. Washington, the highest point in New England. We still have 10 more peaks to go before he can apply for his certificate and patch, but I know he can and will finish his quest. Back to top Back to top.


We just wanted to say another big THANK YOU for all of your help in allowing us to adopt our wonderful boy, Thabiso (Bandit). He lives up to his name, "Bringer of Joy," everyday. We now will be able to spread his joy even further because, as of 2 p.m. today, he is a doubly certified therapy dog with TDI---YEAH!!!!! He took the test with both of us as handlers so had to do everything twice. Part of the testing was also for Canine Good Citizen (CGC), so he has also passed that as well--we are very proud parents and Thabiso is an amazing boy! We are excited to get all of the paperwork mailed in and start him on his rounds of visits. The local library and senior citizen center are already on our list of places that have just been waiting for him to take his test.

Thanks again,
Allison & Tom Back to top Back to top.

Poppy with her Mom

Lily (formerly Sue #2) became a registered Therapy Dog with T.D. Inc. She passed her third test on November 11, 2009. Lily also earned her CGC in May 2009. Back to top Back to top.

Poppy with her Mom

Poppy was six years old when she was adopted from Labs4Rescue almost two years ago. At the age of seven she entered her first rally obedience trial in Gilbert, PA and took first place with a score of 99 out of 100. She finished her novice and advanced rally titles in two months, earning two second place finishes and qualifying in the rest with high scores. Do not tell her you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. She is now holding off finishing her last rally obedience title in order to work for her Companion Dog title in regular obedience. She will be eight years old in a few days and her mom hopes Poppy will get the CD title as well as her Companion Dog Excellent title in the near future. Back to top Back to top.

Merlin with his ribbons  Merlin  Merlin with his ribbons

On June 27, 2009, Merlin, previously known as Camper and Porter's "little brother", double qualified in his very first AKC Trial in Bethlehem, PA with a first in Standard Class and a second in Jumpers Class!!!

On July 26, 2009, Merlin finished a 3 day AKC Rally Obedience trial in Bloomsburg, NJ. Merlin won his first AKC Title, RN (Rally Novice). He did a fantastic job and had high scores all days.

On September 20, 2009, Merlin won is OAJ (Open agility Jumpers) Title in AKC agility, this summer he got his NA and NAJ agility titles.

Congratulations to Porter and his "mom" Linda! Back to top Back to top.

Dewey with his mom and his ribbons

Dewey (Bridge City's Luv Me Dew CD RN CGC) (formerly known as Cisco #2) was adopted in December 2006 and he has been such a wonderful loving addition to the Smith family. On March 1, 2009 Dewey earned his AKC Rally Novice title with a perfect score of 100 and took second place in his class. His first qualify was on April 18, 2009 with a score of 187, which earned him honors for High Scoring Labrador Retriever in his Novice B class, and also a special prize for High Scoring Rescue Dog in Trial. His second qualify was on May 2, 2009 where he earned a score of 190.5 and took third place in his class. Dewey went on to earn his AKC Companion Dog obedience title the following day on May 3, 2009 with a great run that earned him a score of 196.5 and first place in his class. That score was also good enough for Dewey to win High in Trial...the award for the highest score of all dogs in all classes for the whole trial that day! Like Dewey's family, all of us at Labs4rescue are very proud him. Back to top Back to top.

Porter with his mom and his ribbons  Porter in action  Porter  Porter

Porter was adopted in November 2005. He started agility training right after being adopted and competed in his very first AKC Agility Trial in Lancaster, PA on September 30, 2006. Porter DOUBLE qualified in the Standard course (100 points score, and 1st place) and in the Jumpers course (95 points score and 3rd place). On October 29, 2006 Porter did it again: Porter came in first in standard and second in jumpers with 100% scores in both events. On November 12, 2006 Porter completed his AKC Novice Agility Preferred title. He only needs one more leg in jumpers and he will have two AKC Novice agility titles!

On April 1, 2007 Porter completed four more titles: AKC Novice Jumpers Preferred and DOCNA (Dogs on Course in North America) Beginners Standard Agility, Beginners Jumpers Agility, and Beginners Trigility Agility. Click here to view Porter and his "mom" Linda during the DOCNA Trigility Box of Chocolates Team Run on YouTube.

On July 1, 2007 Porter completed two more titles: OAP (Open Agility Preferred) at OJP (Open Jumpers Preferred), and if that wasn't enough, he also received his first leg in the excellence level.

On August 20, 2007 Porter finished his DOCNA - Intern Standard Agility Title (ISA). On September 2, 2007 he received his AKC Excellence Standard Agility Title (AXP) and got one leg towards Excellence Jumpers!

On October 27, 2007 Porter earned his AKC Jumpers with Weaves Excellence Title.

On May 26, 2008 Porter won his Title for AKC Rally Novice at the Atlantic Shore Memorial Weekend Classic Show.

On September 13, 2008 Porter won his Rally Advance Title. Porter also got his Performance Jumpers 1 Title in USDAA and his Level 1 Standard Title in CPE this summer.

On November 1, 2008 Porter won his Rally Excellent Title.

In April 2009, Porter got his AKC Masters Preferred Titles in Excellence Standard (MXP) and Excellence Jumpers (MJP).

Congratulations to Porter and his "mom" Linda! Back to top Back to top.

Poppy with her  Mom and CGC certificate

Congratulations to Poppy for passing her Canine Good Citizen exam. Back to top Back to top.

Emmett  Emmett  Emmett  Emmett

Emmett is a canine blood donor and hero. Emmett received his Canine Good Citizen certification on May 6, 2007. The green ribbon is for his first qualification in Novice Rally.

Emmett received his Novice Rally title on September 15, 2007 at the Lehigh Valley Kennel Club dog show in Macungie, PA. Congratulations to Emmett and his "mom" Jacqui.

In 2008, Emmett finished his AKC Rally Advanced title and then went on to get his AKC Rally Excellent title. Back to top Back to top.

Zoie with her CGC certificate

Congratulations to Zoie for passing her Canine Good Citizen exam. Back to top Back to top.


Cyrus graduated from Good Manners Back to top Back to top.

Sawyer  Sawyer

Sawyer and his mom, Karen Ferguson, earned their certification from Therapy Dogs Incorporated. Back to top Back to top.

Jana (now Jessie)

Jana (now Jessie) with her diploma from puppy school at Candlewick Kennels Training Center (Glastonbury, CT). Back to top Back to top.

DJ (now Hooper)

Hooper was adopted in 2005 and his family never imagined how much their lives would be blessed. Hoop has made his family whole and led them to pursue Pet Assisted Therapy training. He earned his Delta credentials in August 2007 and now works at the Mickey Mantle School in New York, NY as part of the Vancouver Program. Back to top Back to top.


Burnell received his HSSC Pet Therapy certification. Back to top Back to top.

John Henry (now Harley) and Chenoa
Chenoa and Harley

John Henry (now Harley, in the rear of the photo) is a tripod (3-legged dog) who was featured on our web site in early 2005. He was adopted in March 2005. Since that time he graduated from beginners obedience school, received his Canine Good Citizen certificate, and his Therapy Dogs Inc. certificate. He visits people in a local nursing home in Maine. Chenoa was adopted in December 2005 and she graduated from beginners obedience in 2006. Back to top Back to top.

Labs4rescue's 2006 Hero of the Year
Jazz and Eric
Jazz and his "brother" Eric

The story of Jazz's bravery saving his brother, Eric, as told by his adopter, David.

"Last July, as we do most summers, my family took a canoe trip on one of the rivers in Canada's far north - this year we were in the upper reaches of the Thelon watershed: four of us, plus our yellow lab, Jazz, adopted recently from Labs4rescue. One sunny day, after lunch, two members of the group were lounging on the beach, while I walked up onto the tundra plain above the river, and my 11-year-old son with his lab, Jazz, strolled along the river's edge, as boys do, looking for tiny creatures to catch. Suddenly, I heard a yell, and turned to witness a remarkable scene. A hundred metres away, Eric and the lab were face to face with a barrenlands grizzly bear, who'd been strolling along the riverbank in the opposite direction. I watched as Jazz jumped out in front and bared his teeth at the bear, many times his size. This act alone gave my son the opportunity to run back to the canoes, without being chased down by the grizzly. Thinking quickly, he retrieved my bear-repellent devices and brought them up to me. Then we both watched as Jazz chased the bear away, up onto the tundra, nearly nipping at its heels. Had the bear understood the true nature of its adversary, it would have known that one swipe of its big paw would leave us with a headless dog. Fortunately for us, Jazz did not understand this - his instinct told him he had to defend us, and that he did. It is entirely possible that, without Jazz, our son would have been killed by the bear, for to turn and run away, while understandable, is to invite the bear to pursue. Our lab, Jazz, is truly a hero!!" Back to top Back to top.

Freckles, the blood donor and hero

Freckles, a lab mix, is Leah's half-brother and her hero. Freckles donated blood during an emergency to help control Leah's bleeding. Click here to read Freckles story from the Kingsport Times-News. Back to top Back to top.


Molly, a 6 month old Chesapeake Bay Retriever, graduating from puppy training. Back to top Back to top.

Blackie (now Dory)
Dory with her diploma

Dory (formerly Blackie) received her Beginner Obedience Diploma from the New England Dog Training Club on October 19, 2006! Congratulations to Dory and her "mom" Liza! You can read more about Dory's adventures at Back to top Back to top.

Dyllan and his diploma

Dyllan posing with his Canine Education Class diploma from PETCO. Back to top Back to top.

Josie #5 (now Rylie)
 Josie #5 (now Rylie) with her diploma

Josie #5 (now Rylie) posing with her Family Dog I diploma from Tails-U-Win. Back to top Back to top.

Lucee (now Gracie)
Lucee (now Gracie) with her mom

Lucee (now Gracie) and her "mom" Tara at graduation from beginner's obedience. Back to top Back to top.


Vern was adopted from Labs4rescue in June 2004. He completed beginning obedience in September 2004 and earned his Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title on April 15, 2005. He is presently working on his CD novice (Companion Dog) and Rally Novice titles. Back to top Back to top.

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